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Cultural Heritage and Tourism in Japan

By Takamitsu Jimura Copyright 2022
    290 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    290 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This book offers a comprehensive understanding of cultural heritage in Japan and its relationship with both domestic and international tourism.

    Japan has witnessed an increase in tourism, with rising visitor numbers to both established destinations and lesser known sites. This has generated greater attention towards various aspects of Japanese culture, heritage and society. This book explores these diverse aspects of everyday life in Japan and their interconnections with tourism. It begins with a conceptual framework of key theories related to heritage and tourism, serving as a useful apparatus for further discussions in the following chapters. Each chapter studies a specific aspect of Japan’s cultural heritage, from the history of Japan, the development of war sites, such as Hiroshima and Nagasaki, to tourist destinations, indigenous communities and their places of residence, festivals such as matsuri, to popular culture and media. Each chapter discusses a certain type of cultural heritage first in a global context and then examines it in a Japanese context, aiming to demonstrate the relation between these two different contexts. In each chapter, furthermore, how a particular kind of Japan’s cultural heritage is utilised as tourism resources and how it is perceived and consumed by international and domestic tourists are discussed. Finally, the book revisits the conceptual framework to suggest future directions for cultural heritage and tourism in Japan.

    Written in an informative and accessible style, this book will be of interest to scholars, students and practitioners in the fields of tourism, cultural studies and heritage studies.

    1. Introduction  2. Religious Landscape of Japan: Religions, Spiritual Philosophies, and Contemporary Pilgrimage  3. Festivals in Japan: Matsuri, Local Community, and Wider Audience  4. Food and Drink Heritage: Japanese Cuisine and International Cuisines in Japan  5. Onsen and Japanese-style Inns: Treatment, Relaxation, Recreation, and ‘Japaneseness’  6. Living Cultures of Japan: Indigenous Peoples and their Identities - the Ainu and the Uchinanchu  7. Industrial Heritage in Japan: Witnesses of Japan’s Modernisation  8. War and its Heritage: Hiroshima and Nagasaki  9. Urban Heritage: Coexistence of Historic and Contemporary Cultural Heritage – Kyoto, Yokohama, and Kobe  10. Shoppers’ Paradises: Capitals of Consumption - Tokyo and Osaka  11. Popular Culture and Media: Films and Television Dramas, Manga and Anime, Music, and Computer Games  12. Theme Parks in Japan: Tokyo Disney Resort, Universal Studios Japan, Parque España, and Huis Ten Bosch  13. Conclusion: Reflections and Futures


    Takamitsu Jimura is Programme Manager for MSc International Tourism Management at Musashi University, Tokyo, Japan. His primary research interests are heritage, especially World Heritage and tourism, tourism marketing and sustainable tourism. He is a co-editor of Tourism Ethnographies: Ethics, Methods, Application and Reflexivity published by Routledge.